has become the first hi-res streaming service on Sonos, allowing users users of the service to stream higher-quality music on compatible . Qobuz is a competitor to and , which also provide hi-resolution files, and yet Tidal hasn’t enabled 24-bit on Sonos yet.
“For many years Hi-Res audio was only available to a select few with the knowledge of where to get it and how to play it”, managing director of Qobuz USA Dan Mackta told CNET in a statement. “Now, millions of people have the hardware in their homes already — and the source has never been easier to access than through Hi-Res streaming with Qobuz on Sonos.”
The Sonos S2 operating system enabled users to play 24-bit files from their local drives when it launched in late 2020, but this is the first time users have been able to stream in hi-res.
Hi-res support promises better sound but with small, wireless speakers like theand the new , the main benefit is compatibility rather than sound quality. If Sonos users can play back 24-bit files, they potentially have access to more music than before. For example, every professional digital studio records in 24-bit, even though most files are converted to 16-bit for CD and streaming. Previously, if Sonos didn’t support a 24-bit file it just wouldn’t play at all.
Last yearin order to push through the S2 changes and while legacy products still work they won’t receive the latest features.